Stuyvesant High School, one of New York’s — and America’s — elite public schools, caused a wrenching discussion about race and inequality on Monday when it announced that only 7 black students had been admitted, out of 895 spots. Sarai Pridgen, a Stuyvesant sophomore who’s in the bottom left of this photo, said she felt sickened by the statistic — yet unsurprised. Sarai is one of 29 black students out of about 3,300 teenagers at Stuyvesant. “It wasn’t shock that I felt, it was the same wave of disappointment I feel every time I look at the demographics of this school.” Students gain entry into the school by acing a single exam. #nytimes reporter Eliza Shapiro sat down with 9 black and Hispanic students from Stuyvesant, who said the sobering statistics have energized them to be even more vocal in the discussion regarding the city’s elite schools, and to make Stuyvesant a more welcoming place for future students like them. Visit the link in our profile to read more from their conversation. @theotherchrislee shot these photos of #Stuyvesant students (clockwise from top left) Eugene Thomas, Yajaira Rodriguez, William Lohier and Sarai.